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· USMC can't fix stupid(s)
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many of those items seemed to be luxuries.... :shrug:
1. Generators (Good ones cost dearly. Gas storage, risky. of thieves; maintenance etc.)
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice - Beans - Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY - note - food grade if for drinking.
16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.)
17. Survival Guide Book.
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Vitamins
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman's Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (all furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches. {"Strike Anywhere" preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, "No. 76 Dietz" Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting - if with wheels)
49. Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicycles...Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. "Survival-in-a-Can"
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress's
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Livestock
#2, 3, 22,24,67,68,75,82 & 98 were a great laugh...
i'll dissect the list in a bit...... those are just the ones which leaped out to me... :cool:

· Happy Scrounger
9,990 Posts
I'm confused (not a new situation)
why would roll on window insulation kits be on the list?
lantern hangers? I just use a chunk of fence wire
propane handle? I didn't even know they MADE a handle for small propane canisters. and it's urgent...I'd better go buy a few.

It's an interesting list. thought provoking, in many ways.

· winding down
2,291 Posts
The purpose of the aftershave? The stockpile of paper plates? Charcoal and lighter fluid will become scarce?

There are a lot of good things on there, to be sure. I was dismayed to see livestock last, but I guess they aren't in any certain order. But some of the items are simply ludicrous at first glance.

However, after I thought about it I figured they might be considered necessities by a city person who's never roughed it in any way. If that's who this list is created by, then on balance it's pretty good. They didn't think sustainably...few food preservation materials, for example...but these things would help a city person approximate the life style they are accustomed to 'until help comes'. :rolleyes: Then he could take the journals for jotting down feelings and recording the historic times, and write a best-seller!

· USMC can't fix stupid(s)
357 Posts
my list, off the top of my head....
1. gun/ammo/knife
2. matches/flint
3. water source or knowledge to find water
4. knowledge as to how to use, find or make 1-3...
this is a good thread!... makes one think what is most important/needed...
i'm sure there are others who have a list, too, and their rankings from #1 on down.

· Premium Member
1,568 Posts
That list has been around since the 1990s at least. It's considered the standard, basic prepper's list and I know many folks, including myself, who have everything on that list and lots more besides! It is all usable, most in daily life, so it fits with the "store what you use, use what you store" theme/rotation of items especially food items. To each their own, but survial is a bit easier with a few "luxeries" thrown in once in a while.

· Registered
12,365 Posts
Reading that list - thinking I have this, I have that. Don't we who homestead have a lot on the list already? No big deal.

· Registered
1,156 Posts
From our Columbus Day storm this past October from what I saw the first things to go were beer, snacks, candles and batteries. The line was longer at the Tim Horton than the gas station. By the 2nd and 3rd days of no power people were standing in huge lines for a chance to buy a generator which I think is silly. If you made it to day 3 without one you really don't need one. 2 weeks after the power came back on Aldi had thermal underware as a special purchase. They had 10 cartons and they sold out in a half hour.

I must admit that while the storm itself didn't take me by suprise the amount of damage did. I was not as prepared as I should have been. I only had about 3 gallons of kerosene and felt I should get some more. I try not to keep much over the summer since I have to store it in the garage. I'm down to 3 gallons again but this year I'll fill the cans when the temps stay in the 70's.

· Registered
360 Posts
A few years ago, the power went out. We have a well in our cellar. Without electricity, the sump pump does not run, the well overflows and floods the basement. No big deal, right? Just hook up the generator. Went looking for the generator and discovered it gone! DH looks at me and says "Where's the generator?" The thing requires two people to move it and will only start if you're holding your mouth just the right way and standing on one foot. I know I didn't/couldn't move it. Must have been stolen. So we bail for about two hours. Finally admitting defeat, we head to the hardware store to purchase another one. Yeah! Us and about a million other people! When the store opened (this was a Sunday morning; store doesn't open until 10 a.m.), people are running through the store grabbing chain saws, snowblowers/shovels/batteries, and generators. Long story short, we were able to buy one but it was frightfully expensive. Much more than we would usually spend.

Moral of this story: Always be prepared! If you've got a big storm headed your way, check to make sure your stuff is where you think it is. New generator is now under lock and key.

· If I need a Shelter
19,689 Posts
I know with the Ice Storm last Winter.We had water but not near enough for 10 days.So when we got out we got water Radio,Games.The rest we needed was on hand.

Livestock I wouldn't even have on the list more trouble than its worth in an Emergency :shrug:

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